ASB is a global partnership of research institutes, non-governmental organizations, universities, community organizations, farmers' groups and other local national and international organizations. The ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins is working at the frontline of research and policy for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD). ASB builds on two decades of research in the tropics to find the balance between land uses that store carbon and promote healthy ecosystems, while supporting the livelihoods of poor famrers. These agroforestry-based land uses can help slow down climate change, while also helping millions of farmers adapt to its impacts
ASB Partners discuss their optimism for a global deal on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation on the eve of the Copenhagen Climate Summit, December 2009. Includes commentary in English, French and Spanish. This video was produced by ClimateTalks.tv
Deforestation is a significant problem in Indonesia, and is a leading cause of carbon emissions in that country. As a result, Indonesia has become a major contributor to climate change. How can deforestation be reduced without severely impacting local people? Work by the World Agroforestry Centre and the ASB Partnership in the Tropical Forest Margins is showing that certain land uses can both store carbon and create sustainable benefits for local people.
ASB research shows that land converted from forest to rubber agroforest or to mixed coffee systems maintains a lot of the environmental services associated with forests. It is useful to develop mechanisms to reward poor, upland farmers for those environmental services so that they don't convert fully to single crop plantations.
Tree domestication can be a way to change cultivation habits of farmers in the tropics away from slash and burn methods.
"ASB provides extremely sophisticated thinking about two of the biggest challenges we have, which are: being relevant globally as well as being relevant locally." This short video clip features of ASB from partners. The video was filmed in 2005 during the inception meeting for the ASB programme's assessment of 10 years of work at the tropical forest margins.